Back in March we saw Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaka Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作] record his second defense, as he stopped mandatory challenger Ryo Kosaka (15-4-1, 7) [小坂遼] in just over 2 minutes to retain the his title.
Yesterday Kuga hit twitter to reveal that his next bout was pencilled in for July 27th on a Guts Fighting card. No other details have been revealed yet about the bout but murmurs from Japan suggest that he will be taking on former IBF world title challenger Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾].
Wake was in action yesterday, stopping Filipino visitor Roman Canto in 4 rounds, and suggested that he was in the running for the bout, in what would be a world title eliminator for the two men.
We expect more details to emerge about this contest in the near future, such as confirmation of Wake being Kuga's opponent and it seems like we could be in for a very exciting year at 122lbs.